Oprah, Michelle Obama, Angela Basset pay tribute to legendary singer Tina Turner - 'She was unstoppable'

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Tina Turner has died at age 83.
Tina Turner has died at age 83.
Franziska Krug / Contributor

Many think of her as the original influencer. Someone who laid the groundwork for the artists that came after.

She pioneered Rock ‘n Roll in the early 1980’s and became a legendary pop star that influenced many of today’s stars such as Beyonce.

Singer and performer Tina Turner, real name Anna Mae Bullock, died at the age of 83.

She had suffered ill health in recent years, being diagnosed with intestinal cancer in 2016 and having a kidney transplant in 2017.

Tina was one of the first black women in Rock ’n Roll, defining that era of music. She was popular for her high-kicking, energetic live performances.

In a statement, her spokesperson confirmed her passing.

"Tina Turner, the 'Queen of Rock'n Roll' has died peacefully today at the age of 83 after a long illness in her home in Kusnacht near Zurich, Switzerland."

Celebrities who loved and admired the star took their social media to pay tribute and remember a life well-lived.

Actress Angela Basset shared the last words Tina said to her after playing her in a biopic.

“How do we say farewell to a woman who owned her pain and trauma and used it as a means to help change the world? Through her courage in telling her story, her commitment to stay the course in her life, no matter the sacrifice, and her determination to carve out a space in rock and roll for herself and for others who look like her, Tina Turner showed others who lived in fear what a beautiful future filled with love, compassion, and freedom should look like. Her final words to me - for me - were "You never mimicked me.”

TV mogul Oprah said, “She is our forever goddess of rock ‘n’ roll who contained a magnitude of inner strength that grew throughout her life.”

Former first lady of the United States of America Michelle Obama said “Tina Turner was raw. She was powerful. She was unstoppable."

Actor and producer Tyler Perry said "We will miss you, warrior, survivor, conqueror, and queen. Rest well Ms Tina Turner."

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